CSIRO promotes STEM careers to school students


The CSIRO will hold a STEM in Schools event today as part of National Science Week which runs from 11 to 19 August.

In a statement, the organisation said the event would bring real-world science, technology, engineering and maths into the classroom in a bid to increase student engagement and participation in STEM subjects.

As part of STEM in Schools, about 90 STEM professionals from organisations including the CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and Defence Science and Technology will visit schools along with more than 50 MPs.

CSIRO astrophysicist Dr Karen Lee-Waddell, who is among the scientists taking part, said: “Research has shown that enrolments in STEM subjects are at a 20 year low, despite projections indicating that 75%of the fastest growing occupations will require STEM skills.

“Today’s event is about inspiring a curiosity that will encourage more students to pursue STEM as a foundation of their future.

“I was primary school-aged when someone first pointed the constellations out to me. All these years later I am still looking up at the night sky, only now I use Australia’s most powerful survey radio telescope. I want to show students how exciting STEM careers can be and, ideally, inspire some to follow that path.”

The CSIRO said students were being encouraged to learn more about different STEM careers by participating in a presentation by a STEM professional and taking part in activities to identify STEM professionals in their own neighbourhoods.

CSIRO Education and Outreach director Mary Mulcahy said: “STEM professionals can make subjects come to life by sharing their work and their excitement about what they do,” Ms Mulcahy said.

“We want teachers to be able to draw on the resources that STEM professionals can offer all year round, so we are calling for more STEM professionals and teachers to join our STEM Professionals in Schools program.

“Real world STEM belongs in our classroom, but we need real-world practitioners to help put it there.”


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